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DRAFT Agenda as of 9/23/2016 - subject to change.

Day One: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome, Mike Kuhns, Department Head and Extension Forestry Specialist, Wildland Resources, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:35 to 8:40 a.m. Conference Overview, Darren McAvoy, Extension Assistant Professor, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:40 to 9:15 a.m. The Great Big Context of Climate Disruption. Rob Davies, Physicist, Utah Climate Center.
9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Drought-driven tree mortality and climate change: What have we learned so far? Bill Anderegg, Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Utah
10:00 to 10:30 a.m Break
10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Andrea Brunelle, Professor & Chair, Department of Geography, University of Utah. Keynote.
11:10 to 11:40 a.m Understanding the landscape of public attitudes about climate change. Peter D. Howe, Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University
11:40 a.m. to 12:00 Restoring the Rivers of the West. Dan McCool, Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Professor, Political Science, University of Utah
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Poster Session and Lunch
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Weather and climate tools for rangeland restoration planning and assessment. Stuart Hardegree, Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, ID
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Accelerating Renewables and Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change. Sarah Wright, Executive Director, Utah Clean Energy
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Grand climate-adaptation experiments, intended or not, in post-fire restoration. Matthew J Germino, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Indirect effects of climate on regeneration of aspen forests mediated through ungulate herbivory and wildfire. Sam St. Clair, Associate Professor, Plant & Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Climate change effects on water resources management and potential adaptations for the future. Sarah Null, Assistant Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University.
4:30 Adjourn
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception at Crumb Brothers, 291 S 300 W Logan 435-753-0875, Minibus shuttle will depart University Inn at 5:15 and make return trips as needed

Day Two: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome, Paul Rogers, Western Aspen Alliance, Utah State University
8:35 to 9:15 a.m. The Colorado River, Climate Change and Drought. Johnathan Overpeck, Regents Professor of Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona. Keynote.
9:15 to 9:55 a.m. Navigating Complex Human-Nature Relationships in Rocky Mountain and Wasatch Communities. Courtney G Flint, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Sociology, Utah State University.
9:55 to 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 to 10:50 a.m. Forest Carbon in the Rockies: Past and Future. Michael G. Ryan, Senior Research Scientist, NREL, Colorado State University & Emeritus Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
10:50 to 11:20 a.m. Wildlife response to climate change in the Western US: Learning from indicator species. Lise Aubry, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT
11:20 to 12:00

Up and Coming Research From Graduate Student Scientists
1) Characterizing Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Chemistry along Environmental Gradients to Assess Response to Climate Change. Curtis Gray
2) Does temperature variation drive changes in the cover of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) across its range? Andrew Kleinhesselink
3) Antra Boca
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Adapting Watershed Management to Climate Change. Marian Hubbard, Watershed Section Manager, Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration Program.
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. The massive space and time scale of atmospheric processes that create localized extreme heat bursts, dry lightning, wildland fires, and debris flows in the western U.S. Mike Kaplan, Research Professor, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV.
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Climate change, riparian vegetation removal, and channel change on the Colorado River. Gigi A. Richard, Ph.D. Professor, Geology, Director, Hutchins Water Center at CMU, Colorado Mesa University
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Decision Support in the Cadillac Desert: Climate Change and Water Supply in the Water Stressed and Politically Charged Western U.S. Paul Miller, Service Coordination Hydrologist, NOAA - Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. How will climate change alter the abundance of big sagebrush? Peter Adler, Professor, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT.
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. J. Brad Washa, State Fuels Management Specialist, Bureau of Land Management
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
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